Karen Straughan’s Presentation at Libertarian Party of New York Convention

Here is Karen Straughan’s (of the GirlWritesWhat YouTube channel) speech at the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) state convention on April 27th. She talks about gender politics from a pro-liberty perspective, per the introduction by LPNY chair Mark Axinn.

If you prefer to read the speech, it is available here:


6 thoughts on “Karen Straughan’s Presentation at Libertarian Party of New York Convention

  1. Mark Axinn

    Thanks Krzysztof!

    We will have youtubes available of other speakers soon too.

  2. Mark Axinn

    Below is the report of one of the attendees at the truly excellent 2013 LPNY Convention:

    Hi all,

    I told Willie I would write up some comments about the convention this past Saturday, April 27, at The Rhinecliff. Mark Axinn already sent out comments written by Michael House. I will try not to be redundant.

    Driving up there and finding the historic, quaint, and popular hotel was an adventure in itself. Once there, it was pleasant to see a big roomful of men and a few women–I’d estimate 100-150 people. All the logistics had been well-taken-care-of, it seemed to me. The microphone worked, the meal and other refreshments were served promptly, and the check-in and registration were handled efficiently. The speakers were interesting and well-prepared.

    The topics were diverse and, especially in the case of Karen Straughan, unexpected. The Hudson Valley Chapter was certainly able to handle organizing the convention superbly.

    By attending the convention, I learned information I would never have heard of otherwise.

    1) There is a Free State Project (in its tenth year of operation) whereby 20,000 freedom-loving participants are moving to New Hampshire, “where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.” It sounds like an anarchist’s paradise! Visit http://www.freestateproject.org for more information.

    2) There are former drug law enforcers engaged in speaking out against the “War on Drugs.” A retired NYPD Lieutenant, representing the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) organization, gave us the facts and figures, from her professional point of view, of why making recreational drugs illegal has failed to help addiction problems and has produced monumental social problems. Visit http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com to learn how you can support LEAP’s efforts.

    3) The Feminist movement in our country was a direct outgrowth of Marxism. Many injustices and break-downs in society can be traced to Feminist activism. My interpretation is that the wrongs have been caused by some people insisting that their rights supersede the rights of other people’s rights.

    4) Nullification of unconstitutional and liberty-destroying laws is a real possibility and a major topic among libertarians, who, by the way, exist not only in the Libertarian Party, but also in the Republican and Democrat Parties.

    Gigi Bowman’s remarks were outstanding. She stressed overcoming individual disagreements and working together towards common goals. Her leadership ability is obviously dynamic.

    Chris Edes (pronounced Eeds) presented a dignified appearance, encouraging local chapters to hang in there and to not become discouraged by small numbers of people doing the work. I was sorry that the chair did not allow Chris more time to address the entire convention. [Ed. note: We ran out of time!]

    Respectfully submitted,
    Judy Abel

  3. Jill Pyeatt

    Congratulations to the NYLP for holding such a successful convention!

  4. Mark Axinn


    She was very well received; people listened to her for an entire hour without getting up.

    One thing that impressed me is the fact that she is not one of our usual suspects nor from one of our usual sources (CATO, FEE, Reason, Mises, the LP, etc.).

    The Hudson Valley LP did a superb job of securing speakers this year. I am thinking of renting them out!

  5. Sam Kress

    Thanks for the review. People tend to react to written articles differently than live speeches, so I was wondering what people here who read the text thought. Maybe I’m the only one who read it, LOL.

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